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Da Nang among top holiday destinations for Singaporeans

Kayak, a Singapore-based travel booking site, has named Da Nang among the top 10 places of choice for Singaporean tourists.

The listing was made based on booking and travel trends in the first eight months of this year.

The Indonesian city of Bandung, surrounded by the lush green Parahyangan mountains, topped the list. It was followed by Indonesia’s Yogyakarta, Luzon Islands in the Philippines and Malaysia’s Kuching.

Vietnam currently provides a reciprocal 30-day visa exemption for citizens of ASEAN member nations.

Along with Chinese and Republic of Koreans, Singaporeans have been the biggest visitors to Da Nang in recent years.

Last month Singapore’s Channel News Asia had included Da Nang in a list of five “under the radar” destinations in South and Southeast Asia.

Travel magazine Live and Invest Overseas voted Da Nang among world’s most livable cities earlier this year.

The number of travellers to the city has been increasing year after year, with an average annual growth of 20.06 percent between 2013 and 2017.

It hosted 6.6 million tourists, including 1.67 million foreigners, last year. The figure was more than 4 million visitors in the first half of 2018, surging by almost 30 percent year-on-year. Notably, vacationers from the Republic of Korea shot up by 100 percent to account for half of the over 1.6 million foreign arrivals in the city during the period.